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  • Champions League
  • 4 December 2012, 7:45pm
  • Karaiskaki Stadium
OlympiakosOlympiakosvArsenalArsenal
2
  • Maniatis, 64
  • Mitroglou, 73
1
  • Rosicky, 38

live commentary

90 mins:Full time: Olympiakos 2-1 Arsenal.

87 mins:Olympiakos are taking their time on the ball now and it doesn't appear as if Arsenal will be able to find an equaliser in all honesty.

83 mins:Jernade Meade's full debut comes to an end as he is replaced by Martin Angha.

82 mins:Final substitution for the hosts as Rafik Djebbour makes way for veteran Ariel Ibagaza.

79 mins:Arshavin wins a corner for Arsenal, but Oxlade-Chamberlain's delivery evades everyone but the Gunners win another corner. The second delivery, from Ramsey, isn't bad but it comes to nothing.

77 mins:Gervinho tries to race forward but Manolas stops the Gunners forward in his tracks with a strong challenge.

73 mins:Olympiakos 2-1 Arsenal. The Gunners never recovered after the equaliser and Konstantinos Mitroglou, who has only just come on, puts Olympiakos ahead with a fantastic curling strike from the edge of the area.

71 mins:Djamel Abdoun makes way for Konstantinos Mitroglou.

70 mins:So close for the hosts as Rafik Djebbour reaches a driven cross but his effort is just wide, Arsenal look frail now.

65 mins:Wojciech Szczesny is booked for dissent, then Sébastien Squillaci picks up a yellow for a foul just outside the area, the Arsenal keeper saves the resulting free kick.

65 mins:That seemed harsh on Arsenal, Olympiakos were awarded a corner but Wojciech Szczesny didn't seem to touch Macado's header. Arsenal only half clear and when the ball comes back in Ramsey inadvertently chests the ball into the path of Giannis Maniatis, who makes no mistake from close range.

64 mins:Goal, Olympiakos level!

60 mins:Chamakh and Gervinho combine to set up Arshavin, but his shot is well saved by Carroll.

60 mins:Fejsa is replaced by David Fuster, meanwhile Montpellier have equalised to Arsenal are top again as things stand.

59 mins:Fejsa hits the side netting after Abdoun had set him free, Schalke have taken the lead in France so it appears as if Arsenal will have to settle for second place.

54 mins:Francis Coquelin is booked for Arsenal.

53 mins:Arshavin heads over from Chamakh's cross.

51 mins:Fejsa picks up the first booking of the match.

48 mins:Olympiakos get forward but Greco's effort is blocked.

46 mins:Olympiakos restart the game.

46 mins:Andrey Arshavin replaces Tomas Rosicky for Arsenal.

45 mins:Half time: Olympiakos 0-1 Arsenal.

44 mins:Arsenal will qualify as group winners if the scores stay as they are, as it remains goalless in the game between Montpellier and Schalke.

43 mins:The hosts win a corner, but Szczesny gathers easily.

37 mins:Arsenal lead thanks to Tomas Rosicky. Gervinho squares to the Czech who confidently places the ball into the net with the side of his foot.

33 mins:Coquelin does well to pick out Ramsey, but the midfielder takes too long on the ball and is forced backwards.

26 mins:Abdoun does well to pick out Torosidis but his effort is way off target.

23 mins:Szczesny denies Abdoun and then makes a save from the resulting corner, moments earlier Chamakh and Gervinho had threatened but the latter couldn't quite create space for a shot.

20 mins:Torosidis gets a headed effort on target from a corner but Rosicky blocks his shot on the line, it looked as if Wojciech Szczesny would have got to it had the midfielder not been there.

17 mins:Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross is headed down by Chamakh and Ramsey should score, but he fails to control it under no pressure and doesn't even manage to get a shot away. The Arsenal man won't want to see a replay of that again.

11 mins:Great chance for the hosts as Abdoun finds space down the left flank, but Thomas Vermaelen does well to block his low cross.

10 mins:Sébastien Squillaci gifts Olympiakos a corner but it comes to nothing.

8 mins:Djamel Abdoun takes aim from range but it takes a deflection and Wojciech Szczesny gathers easily. Arsenal then counter but Marouane Chamakh can't get the ball out of his feet to shoot, the ball falls to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's effort is well wide of the target.

4 mins:Olympiakos attempt to get forward but Rafik Djebbour is offside.

2 mins:Arsenal make a decent start and create space for a shot but Gervinho's effort is poor.

1 mins:Arsenal kick off, we're underway in Greece.

Olympiakos: Carroll, Diakite, Manolas, Contreras, Torosidis, Paulo Machado, Maniatis, Fejsa, Greco, Djebbour, Abdoun. Subs: Megyeri, Ibagaza, Pantelic, Mitroglou, Fetfatzidis, David Fuster, Siovas.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Squillaci, Vermaelen, Meade, Coquelin, Rosicky, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Gervinho. Subs: Shea, Arshavin, Angha, Ansah, Hajrovic, Monteiro, Akpom.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made seven changes for the trip to Olympiakos as he tries to keep his big players fresh for what is a crucial Premier League game with West Brom this weekend. The referee for tonight's game is Alberto Undiano Mallenco, who is from Spain. Join me at 19.45 for kick-off.

  • Champions League
  • 4 December 2012, 7:45pm
  • Karaiskaki Stadium
OlympiakosOlympiakosvArsenalArsenal
2
  • Maniatis, 64
  • Mitroglou, 73
1
  • Rosicky, 38

match report

Arsenal surrendered a half-time lead to qualify from Champions League Group B as runners-up after a 2-1 defeat to Olympiacos in Greece.

Tomas Rosicky's neat first-time finish allowed Arsenal to take a narrow lead into the break, but goals from Ioannis Maniatis and Kostas Mitroglou midway through the second half gave the hosts their second victory of the campaign and some encouragement ahead of their Europa League participation.

Defeat means Arsenal finish second in the group having failed to capitalise on Schalke's draw with Montpellier.

With qualification already secure for the knockout stages, if not top spot, Arsene Wenger made seven changes from the weekend defeat to Swansea. Defender Jernade Meade, 20, was handed his Champions League debut, while the Arsenal boss packed his bench with youngsters Zak Ansah, Sead Hajrovic, Elton Monteiro and 17-year-old English striker Chuba Akpom.

Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both wasted early openings by shooting wide of the target before the hosts had their first opportunity in the 11th minute, when Djamel Abdoun's cutback was cleared by Thomas Vermaelen to deny Rafik Djebbour a tap-in.

With both sides happy to attack, Aaron Ramsey was wasteful when Marouane Chamakh headed Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross back towards the penalty spot in the 17th minute, but the midfielder horribly miskicked an attempted first-time shot with his left foot.

A spell of Olympiacos pressure followed, with Rosicky having to kick Vasilis Torosidis' header away from the far post following a corner, before Wojciech Szczesny was forced to parry away Abdoun's 24th-minute drive from inside the box. Six minutes before half-time, however, Arsenal made the hosts pay for their missed chances.

Gervinho wasted one promising opening, but immediately regained possession on the right before driving towards the right touchline and pulling back a low pass for Rosicky, who strided on to the perfectly-weighted ball and curled it inside Roy Carroll's far post.

The goalscorer was replaced by Andrey Arshavin at the break and the Russian wasted the second-half's first opportunity when he directed a free-header over the crossbar after Chamakh's fine delivery from the right.

Arshavin hit the target just after the hour mark to round off a fine Arsenal counter-attack, but the substitute's well-struck shot from a tight angle was parried away by Carroll on its way towards the roof of the Northern Ireland keeper's net.

Olympiacos capitalised on a questionable decision from the officials to equalise in the 65th minute. Paulo Machado's header appeared to glance the post on its way behind Szczesny's goal, but a corner was awarded to the hosts, with the keeper accused of having fingertipped the ball to safety. Arsenal failed to fully clear the set-piece, which resulted in Ramsey inadvertently chesting the ball to Maniatis, who poked home from close range at the far post.

The Greeks completed the turn around eight minutes later. Mitroglou, who had come off the bench only a minute earlier, was gifted time and space to turn on the edge of the box before curling a lovely low shot around Szczesny.

team line-up

1Roy Carroll
24Kostas Manolas
35Vasilis Torosidis
15Pablo Contreras
26Drissa Diakité
2Giannis Maniatis
8Lubomir Fejsa60
27Leandro Greco
10Rafik Djebbour82
5Paulo Machado
93Djamel Abdoun72

substitutes

42Balázs Megyeri
18Ioannis Fetfatzidis
9Marko Pantelic
7Ariel Ibagaza82
11Konstantinos Mitroglou72
19David Fuster60
23Dimitrios Siovas

referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco

team line-up

1Wojciech Szczesny
18Sébastien Squillaci
53Jernade Meade83
25Carl Jenkinson
5Thomas Vermaelen
22Francis Coquelin
27Gervinho
15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
7Tomas Rosicky45
16Aaron Ramsey
29Marouane Chamakh

substitutes

23Andrey Arshavin45
39Zak Ansah
55Elton Monteiro
67Chuba Akpom
60James Shea
38Martin Angha83
48Sead Hajrovic

referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco

match stats

possession %5346
shots on target93
shots off target42
corners62
tackles won2012
offsides23